Candidate U.S. Senate (I-FL)
"I cannot thank the Iranian American Political Action Committee enough for its generous support of my campaign for the United States Senate. It is groups such as IAPAC that ensure people are educated about issues important to Iranian Americans. I look forward to continuing my work with this important group."
Florida Governor Charlie Crist announced his candidacy for the U.S. Senate in May of 2009. Crist was elected Governor of Florida in 2006. Prior to his election, Crist served as Florida’s Attorney General, State Education Commissioner, and a member of the Florida State Senate. He is a graduate of Florida State University and received his law degree from the Cumberland School of Law in Alabama.
Charlie Crist's life illustrates the American dream, beginning nearly 100 years ago when his grandfather came to America from Cyprus. Nearly penniless, Crist’s grandfather sought a better life by first shining shoes and later owning a small business. Crist has never forgotten his humble roots and his public service is defined by the fundamental belief in the goodness of people and a rock-solid commitment to the core principles that have allowed his family to succeed in America.
As Florida's first elected Republican Attorney General (2002), Crist was a tireless advocate for consumers, law-abiding citizens, innocent crime victims, and those who have nowhere else to turn for help. He proposed and worked to pass Florida's landmark civil rights legislation, the Marvin Davies Civil Rights Act of 2003, to pursue those who engage in willful discrimination against others. As Governor, Crist opposed blanket amnesty for undocumented aliens, but supported Senator Mel Martinez’s alternative plan, which would have allowed illegal immigrants to work toward citizenship.
Click here to learn more about Governor Charlie Crist’s campaign.
Current Occupation: Governor State of Florida
Prev. Political Exp.: Florida Attorney General, 2002-2006; Florida Commissioner of Education, 2000-2002; Florida State Senate, 1992-1998
Education: JD, Cumberland School of Law; BA, Government, Florida State University